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Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Ko Samui November 26th 2014

We awake in paradise. The view from the back patio of our room, which faces inward to one of the pools, is idyllic. We enjoy a leisurely buffet breakfast with a huge variety of choices (even ice cream!). Hmm, this is going to be a short blog entry. Here's what we did the rest of the day–nothing, with a capital N. We spent the day almost entirely on the resort's small but lovely beach. The ocean is very calm here because we are in a sheltered bay. We swim in both the ocean and the large infinity pool that meanders around the resort, passing under many bridges. We actually enjoy the pool more, because even though it's bath-water warm, it is, incredibly, cooler than the ocean. One of our party spends most of the afternoon sculpting ... read more
Pool at Mai Sumai resort looking toward the ocean, Koh Samui, Thailand

Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Ko Samui November 25th 2014

We have another blessed opportunity to sleep in. Then it's breakfast and repack. We will store one bag at our Bangkok hotel and retrieve it on our way back. The eight of us who are Koh Samui-bound are the last to leave the hotel at 12:30 for the airport. Koh Samui is an island off the east coast of the Thailand peninsula that juts south into the Indian Ocean. (The bottom bit of the peninsula belongs to Malaysia; that's where Kuala Lumpur and Singapore are.) Koh Samui is a vaguely square island close to 230 sq k in size, with a permanent population of about 63,000 and many times that number in tourists. It is wholly devoted to tourism. Much of the coastline consists of white-sand beach, all of which belongs to a resort or one ... read more

Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Ko Samui October 6th 2014

All right! Hooray for stable WiFi! Ok... so after a quick change of plans, I ditched out on the Bangkok idea and headed straight to Koh Samui yesterday. My flight was painfully at 6am, but that meant an entire extra day here on the island. Good call. My change of plans came as a package deal with a travel companion as an added bonus. It's been a pretty good setup having two of us as I've still been able to stick to my solo beach plans while she gets a feel for the social scene, and we meet in the middle once in awhile. So, Koh Samui! I apparently decided to come to an island during its monsoon season. I didn't exactly have a choice in the matter of timing, but it does find me imagining ... read more

Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Ko Samui August 25th 2014

We were up early and had just a few minutes to take a look at the beach. It had worn the brunt of the storm the previous night and wasn’t in great shape with debris all over the sand. We were briefly joined by a cat that wasted no time in making itself at home in the bungalow. We were booked through to Bangkok with Air Asia and the TBH1200 each (NZD48) covered a ferry to the mainland, an hour bus trip to the airport and the 45 minute flight to Bangkok. The day went slowly and it was no surprise that we were both thinking about Koh Tao. It was another hour on board a free bus from Don Muang Airport to Suvarnabhumi Airport where our flight was due to leave around 2000. We were ... read more
Sea Valley Hotel & Spa
Sea Valley Hotel & Spa
Sea Valley Hotel & Spa

Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Ko Samui August 18th 2014

Ko Pha Ngan We hopped on the ferry at Koh Tao, just a reminder that Hannah was feeling sicky bad by this stage (the words 'I can't do this anymore' and 'I think this is the end' were uttered). Han was hoping a sleep on the ferry would help cure her, however once on the boat we had to endure the roughest 2 hour crossing!! We also got split up and I got stuck beside the bin (this would have been fine had about a quarter of the boat not been suffering from seasickness and putting their used sick bags in the bin!). So in true Lauren form I napped and poor Hannah had to try and keep herself in one piece. We stumbled off the ferry in Ko Pha Ngan, Hannah trying not to pass ... read more
Ko Pha Ngan
Ko Pha Ngan
Ko Pha Ngan

Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Ko Samui June 5th 2014

A beautiful weekend - We loved Samui and will be back soon!... read more

Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Ko Samui April 20th 2014

Exchange Rate $1AUD = 29.6Baht As the spicy Samui sun begins to retreat and no longer stings our skin, there is not a ripple in the ocean and the sky turns into a beautiful oil painting with soft pink, red and orange hues. A sense of calm and relaxation washes over us both as we lay back on the powdery white sand to enjoy what has to be our favourite time of the day. As the day slowly escapes us and evening falls, the twinkling lights peek out from the palm trees and fences along the beach and Koh Paengyan lights up on the horizon. Whether it be losing ourselves in our books, taking a dip in the lukewarm unspoilt ocean or watching the world go by, sunset on the beaches in Koh Samui has to ... read more
I see you - looking into the beautiful big eye of a local Samui elephant
Koh Taen beach
Mangrove walk on our half day tour

Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Ko Samui April 12th 2014

Abandoned on a crowded pavement, the scorching early afternoon sun blazing down on us, we’d just about avoided the notorious “travel agent” scam by the skin of our teeth. Research about the long journey from Khao Lak to Koh Samui had warned us about it but everything just happened so incredibly quickly. Luck was with us though the moment of realisation occurred just before we parted with any hard earned cash – a close shave! Our day had started at 6.30am as we needed to traverse from the extreme west of Thailand right across the country to an island off the East coast. Things had gone reasonably well; our taxi to the main road was waiting for us outside the hotel, the infamous 465 public bus did actually stop when we flagged it down and even ... read more
Ignorance Is Bliss
Plain Sailing
"Should It Stay or Should It Go?"

Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Ko Samui April 10th 2014

We've been very lucky this week to be able to stay in a lovely beach resort on the north east coast of Koh Samui, the south west of Thailand. We're staying at the Imperial Boathouse, courtesy of Mjs mum and dad - Penny and Chris, who came out to meet us on the 1st April. They'd spent three days in Bangkok before getting a flight down to meet us in Koh Samui for a week. They came with treats for us from home - salt and vinegar crisps, proper Cadburys chocolate and marmite!!!! I was so happy! We've had lots of relaxation time at Cheong Mon beach and the resort's two pools, one of which is fashioned as a large Thai long tail boat! It was lovely to stay in a hotel and actually get unpacked ... read more

Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Ko Samui March 23rd 2014

After briefly touring northwestern Thailand, I opted out of 24 hours of bus/train/ferry travel and instead burned some Chase points on a surprisingly expensive direct Bangkok Air flight from Chiang Mai to Koh Samui, in the Gulf of Thailand on the East side of Thailand's skinny southern leg. “Koh” (sometimes Ko) means “island” in Thai, and Samui was one of the earlier expat vacation spots in Thailand, with things getting rolling there in the 1970s, and it now having surpassed Phuket as having Thailand's most resorts, outside of Bangkok. Phangan is a quick ferry ride to the north of Samui, but is less developed, with things only getting started there in the 1980s. It's now well-known for the full-moon parties (and now also half- and new-moon parties) that attract 10s of thousands. Koh Tao, with its ... read more
Chaweng Nightlife
Thong Sala
When in Rome

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